Prepare for a career in the world of museums with a museum studies minor

Ready to pursue your passion for history and visual arts? The University of Wyoming’s museum studies minor provides undergraduate students with both theoretical and practical experience that helps them identify their areas of interest in the museum field. 

About the Museum Studies Minor

As a museum studies minor, students are encouraged to pursue courses, internship experiences, and study abroad programs that align with their interests. 

Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree to participate in the museum studies minor.


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Students examining art in class

Tracey Eckersley leads UW’s museum studies program. She holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Louisville.

She has worked in museums across North America and abroad as a curator, exhibition designer, collections manager and educator.

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What can you do with a Museum Studies Minor?

The museum studies minor is greatly valued by employers, and many students work in museums directly after graduation. Others choose to apply what they’ve learned in graduate programs in museum studies and related fields.

Museum Studies Careers

Here are some of the job titles that UW museum studies graduates have held:

  • Director of operations
  • Curator of collections and exhibitions
  • Guest services director
  • Museum collections assistant
  • Manager of collections
  • Assistant curator
  • History instructor
  • Museum preparator
  • Executive manager
  • Collections photographer


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Where Museum Studies Grads Are Making An Impact:

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • National Museum of Military Vehicles
  • Western States Art Federation (WESTAF)
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
  • WOW! Children's Museum
  • National Music Museum
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
  • University of Wyoming
  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum
  • University of Wyoming Art Museum
  • Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office
  • Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences
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Museum Studies Minor Program Highlights

A museum studies education helps students understand the rich history around them, how to preserve it and how to navigate a career in the world of museums.

Global Experience

Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs to broaden their global understanding and perspective. These programs also expose students to the many international career opportunities in the museum world.

Internship Opportunities

All museum studies students participate in an internship that aligns with their particular interests. 

Students find a placement by working with the Museum Studies Chair to find the institution and position that aligns with their post-graduation career goals. Upon graduation, many students find full-time employment at the same institution they interned with.



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Department of Visual Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

Department 3138, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3269